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Medicine's Dance with Death

A physician-philosopher argues that modern medicine is oriented toward the dead body because it is no longer informed by an ultimate purpose for human existence.

In The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, physician-philosopher Jeffrey Bishop argues that modern medicine has adopted a “metaphysics of efficient causation”—a focus on the immediate cause of things that ignores their ultimate purpose. As a result, medicine now takes its bearings from and aims itself toward the dead body, the corpse. This leads to nihilistic attitudes toward the dying, and troubling contradictions and absurdities in our practices.
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Mary De Voe said...

When Obamacare kicks in in 2014, organ harvesting will fill the pockets of the greedy. Sovereign personhood and the human soul will be replaced by Frankenstein. Frankenstein went looking for his soul but since he was made up of dead people, he couldn't find it. How can I give Frankenstein compassion when he does not know what compassion is? The communists are still slicing apart brains looking for genius and bodies looking for souls.

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